2019 Commentary & Updates

Competition and cash Sarah Lederle

Posted 02-11-2019 at 6:36 am

  Commentary by Jerry Bath   Those are the main things that draw mushers near and far to the Pedigree Stage Stop Race. Here is a list of the final payouts for 2019, with a special thanks to our continuing title sponsor Pedigree. Your unwavering support and belief in us is heartfelt and proves the… Read more »

Teton County, WY: Final stage split times Sarah Lederle

Posted 02-04-2019 at 9:18 pm

  Commentary by Jerry Bath   Pedigree Stage Stop Race Stage 7, Teton County WY Feb. 2, 2019  

The next day: Looking back and looking forward Sarah Lederle

Posted 02-03-2019 at 4:46 pm

Commentary by Jerry Bath     Good morning Wyoming! As we prepare to depart for destinations near and far we look back at the magnificent last week of Pedigree Stage Stop Race activities. Imagine if we’d had this little dump of six inches of wet, heavy snow with warm unseasonable temperatures on a race day. … Read more »

Driggs split times 2019 Sarah Lederle

Posted at 9:03 am

Shake-up in Driggs: Day 6 Sarah Lederle

Posted 02-01-2019 at 3:50 pm

  Commentary by Jerry Bath   Just when you think the race has been decided – bam! The Pedigree Stage Stop Race saw several shake-ups today in Driggs, ID, and the dust (or snow!) has not yet settled.  The excitement is not slowing down. Some of the last mushers to leave the starting chute missed… Read more »

One last time: Day 7, Teton County, WY Sarah Lederle

Posted 02-02-2019 at 3:49 pm

Commentary by Jerry Bath   Clouds, snow, and wind set the tone early for the final stage of the Pedigree Stage Stop Race today at Lower Slide Lake, and kept it up all day.  No live feed was available so the best we could do was to get a few starts and finishes on video…. Read more »

Rest day allows chance to relax and recuperate Sarah Lederle

Posted 01-31-2019 at 3:19 pm

  Commentary by Jerry Bath Pedigree Stage Stop Race mushers, handlers, dogs, and race staff are relaxing with a rest day today before the furious race to the finish.  This break in race action can be done for several reasons.  It brings us back around to the finish line this weekend in Teton County, WY,… Read more »

Lander, WY — Day 5 Sarah Lederle

Posted 01-30-2019 at 11:34 pm

  Commentary by Jerry Bath   The sun was out with little to no wind and the trails were hard and fast for the start of the Lander leg this morning. Quite a crowd gathered at Bruce’s Bridge up Sinks Canyon to enjoy this spectacular winter day and cheer the mushers. The 27-mile Lander course… Read more »

Lander split times 2019 Sarah Lederle

Posted at 9:36 pm

  Commentary by Jerry Bath   These split times are really starting to show little differences that turn into a big day for mushers as several of the races within this race really begin to get cooking with only two more legs to go. Tomorrow will be a travel day to Driggs, ID, giving all… Read more »

The mood shifts: Big Piney, day 4 Sarah Lederle

Posted 01-29-2019 at 11:13 pm

Commentary by Jerry Bath Stage 4 in Big Piney, WY, today was greeted by another bluebird Wyoming morning.  I’m not sure this is really the Pedigree Stage Stop Race as I can’t remember ever having such nice weather – not hot but very comfortable. Could it have been the heat? The hills? Something is shifting… Read more »

Big Piney split times 2019 Sarah Lederle

Posted at 10:33 pm

Commentary by Jerry Bath      

Sunshine and fast trails: Kemmerer, day 3 Sarah Lederle

Posted 01-28-2019 at 5:51 pm

Commentary by Jerry Bath This race has changed and fast.  In the past the Kemmerer stage has always been known as a tough one, now it’s a speed track.  All mushers agree they love it.  The Wyoming state trail groomers were spot on with their grooming the night before as mushers want to buy them… Read more »

Kemmerer split times 2019 Sarah Lederle

Posted at 5:08 pm

Commentary by Jerry Bath Pedigree Stage Stop Race Stage 3, Kemmerer, WY, Jan 28, 2019    

Maria Torgerson wins Eukanuba 8-Dog Classic Sarah Lederle

Posted 01-27-2019 at 1:40 pm

  Commentary by Jerry Bath   The Eukanuba 8-Dog Classic concluded today outside of Pinedale, WY.  16-year-old Maria Torgerson of Red Lodge, MT was declared the champion with an overall time of 3:42:58 over the 53-mile course.  Congrats Maria and to all our awesome 8-Dog competitors!      

Corrected — Pinedale split times 2019 Sarah Lederle

Posted 01-28-2019 at 5:04 am

  Commentary by Jerry Bath   Once again these split times are an arm-chair musher’s dream.  Who did what?  What happened to bib #XYZ?  It’s all apparent here but with sled-dog racing nothing is a sure bet going forward. Courtesy of our amazing volunteers once again. Pedigree Stage Stop Race Stage 2, Pinedale, WY, Jan…. Read more »

Pinedale, WY — Day 2 Sarah Lederle

Posted 01-27-2019 at 10:15 pm

  Commentary by Jerry Bath     What an exciting day on the trail!  Today we saw a few places change and a new daily winner:  Anny Malo from Quebec. Yesterday’s stage winner Erick Laforce came in second and defending Pedigree Stage Stop Race champ Lina Streeper took third. It’s still anyone’s race as each… Read more »

Alpine split times 2019 Sarah Lederle

Posted 01-26-2019 at 10:24 pm

Commentary by Jerry Bath   Split times are of interest to a lot of mushers and race fans. They can show predictions of how teams progress over the next 6 stages and how or why they come together or fall apart.  They show the time or speed of each team compared to others on the… Read more »

Stage 2: Pinedale predictions Sarah Lederle

Posted at 9:40 pm

  Commentary by Jerry Bath   This Pinedale course has been a make-or-break in the past.  Could it be again? Current race leader Erick Laforce took the lead at Alpine on Saturday with a time only 49 seconds ahead of last year’s champion Lina Streeper, with several others in the pack definitely on their heels…. Read more »

Up and at em` Alpine Jerry Bath

Posted at 6:42 pm

Perfect weather this morning in Alpine, Wyoming for the 24th running of the Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race. Both the 8-dog and 10-dog races starting at 9 am with the Eukanuba Classic 8-dog racers beginning first. Both races will run the same 30-mile trail provided by the Wyoming snowmobile trails system. Theses freshly groomed… Read more »

Alpine, WY – Day 1 Jerry Bath

Posted at 6:41 pm

It was a big field with warm temps at 28 degrees, and as you can see from the results page, Eric Laforce came out on top with a time of 1:48:04 for the 28-mile course. Followed by last years champion Lina Streeper at 1:48.53, Anny Malo at 1:49:12, Emilie Entrikin 1:50, Dave Torgerson 1:53, Rachel… Read more »

Off to the races: Pedigree Stage Stop Race starts in Jackson Sarah Lederle

Posted 01-25-2019 at 9:36 am

Commentary by Jerry Bath   Well, we’ve made it through the ceremonial start of the Pedigree Stage Stop Race in Jackson this evening with probably the nicest weather I have ever seen for the kick-off at 21 degrees for the 6:30 PM start.  All 25 teams and Junior Mushers had smooth safe runs.  As usual… Read more »

Pre-race vet check today Sarah Lederle

Posted at 2:31 pm

Another beautiful day in Jackson, Wyoming! 35 mushers and their dogs arrived in downtown Jackson bright and early this morning for the official vet check of all the dogs.  The vets look over all the dogs very well and the microchip ensures that those same dogs are used during the race.  Those dogs who were… Read more »

Q&A with Christina Gibson Sarah Lederle

Posted 01-24-2019 at 10:19 pm

Commentary by Jerry Bath Christina Gibson makes her first trip to Jackson to compete in the Eukanuba 8-Dog Classic.  She is 17 years old and comes from Carlton, Washington Last year Christina competed in the Junior Iditarod as well as other mid-distance races, which is her passion for the future. See her complete bio here…. Read more »

Race predictions: How fast will they run? Sarah Lederle

Posted at 8:23 am

Commentary by Jerry Bath   With the new changes in race format for 2019’s Pedigree Stage Stop Race being a definite factor in the amount of new interest and increased participation by mushers, and with less than half the field being veterans to the Stage Stop, we are entering into a new era. With most… Read more »

Race coverage 2019: What to expect Sarah Lederle

Posted at 8:17 am

Commentary by Jerry Bath Are you ready for the Pedigree Stage Stop Race?  It’s going to be an exciting race this year.  With all the changes in format and nine days of racing over the ten-day race, who knows what to expect?  We have many newcomers to the Pedigree Stage Stop Race as well as… Read more »

Q&A with competitor Rachel Courtney Sarah Lederle

Posted 01-23-2019 at 9:34 pm

Commentary by Jerry Bath Rachel Courtney of Caliento, Manitoba was born in Germany and moved to Canada at 18.  She describes herself as becoming “hooked” on mushing at the age of 14.  She and her husband started their own kennel in 2012. How long have you been racing already?  8 years of racing, started in… Read more »

Mushing with P.R.I.D.E. Sarah Lederle

Posted at 9:08 pm

The Pedigree Stage Stop Race really is all about the dogs! One entry requirement for the Pedigree Stage Stop Race is to be a current member of Mush With P.R.I.D.E. (Providing Responsible Information on a Dog’s Environment), prior to January 25, 2019. From the organization’s Web site: P.R.I.D.E. stands for Providing Responsible Information on a… Read more »

Sled dog terminology: Get “doggy” before you visit a race! Sarah Lederle

Posted 01-22-2019 at 8:34 am

Commentary by Jerry Bath It’s almost time for the 2019 Pedigree Stage Stop Race!  While we’re all getting ready, it might be useful to review some terminology before the race. SLED DOG POSITIONS You’ve probably seen a photo or video of sled dogs pulling a musher across the snow. Or maybe you’ve seen them at… Read more »

Good Morning and Welcome to Wyoming! Sarah Lederle

Posted at 8:34 am

Commentary by Jerry Bath   Please come prepared! A few suggestions for mushers and race fans coming to Wyoming for this year’s Pedigree Stage Stop Race. We want you to be safe, have a great experience and come back! ROAD CONDITIONS: It’s winter in Wyoming and anyone who’s lived here a while can tell you… Read more »

Chris Adkins to return for his fifth Pedigree Stage Stop Race Sarah Lederle

Posted 01-21-2019 at 11:49 am

  Commentary by Jerry Bath   One of the staple returnees at the Pedigree Stage Stop Race is Chris Adkins.  Adkins is an Iditarod finisher and also is a staple in Montana’s Race to the Sky.  A lifelong musher, Adkins began working with his father, Terry Adkins, and his dog team at the age of… Read more »

Emilie Entrikin returns to Pedigree Stage Stop Race Sarah Lederle

Posted 01-20-2019 at 8:23 am

    Commentary by Jerry Bath Emilie Entrikin of Alaska is coming back for a second trip to the Pedigree Stage Stop Race.  She first competed here in 2016 and placed 10th, missing 9th place by less than two minutes overall. Emilie entered her first race in 2014.  She loves to race and last year competed… Read more »

The Rabbit Sarah Lederle

Posted 01-19-2019 at 9:43 am

    Commentary by Jerry Bath A snow machine, four-wheeler, another dog team, or anything a dog can chase has been proven an effective training tool for many kennels.  The chase method is fairly common among mushers who have the resources to do so.  Some start young dogs by chasing a four-wheeler so they get… Read more »

Veteran musher Anny Malo enters Pedigree Stage Stop Race Sarah Lederle

Posted 01-16-2019 at 8:54 am

  Commentary by Jerry Bath She might be new to the Pedigree Stage Stop Race, but she is very well known in the world of dog racing. Anny Malo has been mushing since 1995 and she holds the honor of being the first female to win the Copper Dog 150, taking first place in in… Read more »

Past record times per stage Sarah Lederle

Posted 01-17-2019 at 8:32 am

Commentary by Jerry Bath   I have been doing a little homework with what archival material I have at my disposal. Since its beginning 24 years ago, the Pedigree Stage Stop Race has started its third major transformation.  What started as mid-distance with campouts has developed into its own style of specialized racing (multiple days… Read more »

Alexandra Rochat eager for her first Pedigree Stage Stop Race Sarah Lederle

Posted 01-15-2019 at 10:27 am

Commentary by Jerry Bath Alexandra Rochat moved from her native Switzerland to the Yukon in 2008. She began her racing career in 2010 competing in mostly mid- to long- distance races.  She has enjoyed racing many competitions including the Percy Jr. (2010, 2011, 2017), Percy DeWolfe Memorial Race (2015, 2016, 2018), Yukon Quest 300 (2015),… Read more »

Mushers Move Up from Eukanuba 8-Dog Classic to Pedigree Stage Stop Race Sarah Lederle

Posted 01-14-2019 at 9:01 am

Commentary by Jerry Bath Tim Thiessen and his fiancée Natalie Hess are a prime example of what the popular Eukanuba 8-Dog Classic has done to educate and groom up-and-coming mushers to the Pedigree Stage Stop Race main event, with not only the experience the race itself brings but also being in the company of so… Read more »

Junior Mushers learn while giving back to community Sarah Lederle

Posted 01-13-2019 at 6:47 pm

Commentary by Jerry Bath   It’s simply amazing how many kids are enamored by the excitement and thrill of our furry friends. Visit any race start and watch the children (adults too) in awe as the countdown starts. 10,9,8,7,6… 1 and they’re off! One of the best things that has happened to sport sled dog… Read more »

Lander Area Trails Update Sarah Lederle

Posted 01-11-2019 at 12:33 pm

  Commentary by Jerry Bath   Update for race fans and mushers coming to the 24th annual Pedigree Stage Stop Race this coming January 25 through February 2: I was out doing some trail scouting the other day above Lander and ran into the Wyoming State Trails groomer. We chatted for a bit and we… Read more »

Mushing 101 Sarah Lederle

Posted 01-10-2019 at 9:00 am

Q & A with Race Commentator, Jerry Bath     Returning for his second year as 2019 Race Commentator, Jerry has been with the Stage Stop since its beginning — first as a spectator helping the Lander trail crew for the very first Stage Stop 24 years ago; after acquiring a few dogs and some… Read more »

The Race Trails Sarah Lederle

Posted 01-07-2019 at 6:54 pm

Commentary by Jerry Bath Different trails for different race styles, venues, terrain and regions can vary greatly. However, here in Wyoming at the Stage Stop this is what we use. Sure, we could put in some bush-type trails as we do have the terrain for it but why not use what you have. Pedigree Stage… Read more »

The Pedigree Stage Stop Race: What It Takes Sarah Lederle

Posted 12-31-2018 at 9:20 am

By Jerry Bath   With less than a month to go, preparations for the 2019 Pedigree Stage Stop Race are well under way.  Mushers are training their teams, making plans and adjustments, and traveling to Wyoming for this year’s event.  In this post, I will answer a few common questions that fans may have leading… Read more »

2018 – Pedigree Stage Stop Purse Breakdown Jerry Bath

Posted 02-06-2018 at 4:01 pm


Posted 02-04-2018 at 8:24 am

Tears, laughs, and pride was the theme at last nights closing banquet. This year’s Champion  Lina Streeper rounded out the speeches of gratitude and sincerity that only people that have attended a Stage Stop banquet can understand. JR and Dennis received the sportsmanship award, excepting it with the usual Sage Stop (nothing everyone else would… Read more »

The Final Stage Jerry Bath

Posted 02-03-2018 at 3:07 pm

The final leg of the 23rd annual Pedigree Stage Stop is complete. Finishing on a new trail at Lower Slide Lake that had high marks by all so hopefully, we will return next year. Bruce Magnusson finishes a strong first place followed by Alix, Dave, Lina and Greta all a minute apart. Jeff Conn had… Read more »

Upper Green Change Up – Stage 6 Jerry Bath

Posted 02-01-2018 at 9:55 pm

It was a perfect mushing day… 7 to 28 degrees with a light breeze of 10-15 mph with a light dusting of snow. All the mushers stayed in the same overall positions. Bruce, JR, and Chris all packed a dog with only Bruce not losing any time in the overall but his days time was… Read more »

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